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Springs Suffers Concussion, Stays in Hospital Overnight

By Nunyo Demasio
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, December 13, 2004; Page D13

Washington Redskins cornerback Shawn Springs was transported to Virginia Hospital Center to stay overnight for further testing after suffering a concussion early in the fourth quarter of last night's 17-14 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Springs was forced out the game after fullback Josh Parry's vicious hit from the blind side. The hit, which was legal, came on third and four from the Philadelphia 27-yard line when Donovan McNabb threw incomplete toward wideout Terrell Owens. Springs had been moving toward McNabb on the play.

Shawn Springs is carted off late in the game after suffering a concussion from a block by Philadelphia's Josh Parry. (Jonathan Newton -- The Washington Post)

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Springs was surrounded by medical trainers from both teams. Soon, several teammates and Philadelphia Eagles players, led by Owens, joined the circle. Gibbs also sprinted onto the field to try to gauge the severity of the injury. Springs was immobilized before being placed on the cart.

"Shawn is a great friend of mine," Owens said in Philadelphia's locker room. "Every time you play football you know there are going to be injuries, but when you see a guy down like that you get concerned."

Just before the cart entered the tunnel into the locker room, Springs waved his right hand slightly, spurring loud cheers from the 90,089 spectators. Springs, who collected a team-high fourth interception in the series before the injury, was replaced by defensive back Walt Harris.

"It's terrible. I didn't get to see what happened," safety Ryan Clark said. "But just to see one of your teammates lying on the ground like that, you never want to see that. We all said a prayer for him. Hopefully, it's something he can get over quick so he can be back around the guys."

Boschetti Makes First Start

Washington Redskins defensive lineman Ryan Boschetti made his first NFL start, playing right defensive end in place of Ron Warner. Boschetti had no tackles and two assists.

The 6-foot-4, 300-pound rookie made his first NFL appearance two weeks ago in a 16-7 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Coming off the bench in that game, Boschetti finished with four tackles (three solo) while playing almost every spot along the defensive line.

Warner has started two games at right defensive end this season filling in for Phillip Daniels, who has started only five games because of injuries. Daniels was placed on the season-ending injured reserve list after breaking his wrist in last week's 31-7 victory over the New York Giants.

Demetric Evans has also spelled Daniels, starting five games, but the 6-3, 300-pound Evans was ruled out of last night's game because of an ankle injury suffered last week.

Trotter Back in Town

Jeremiah Trotter returned to Washington for the first time since his brief career with the Redskins ended when the middle linebacker was released in June. Trotter, who tied for the team lead with 10 tackles, has been rejuvenated back with the Philadelphia Eagles, the team he departed before joining the Redskins, and Gibbs has admitted that Washington misjudged the linebacker's ability.

On Thanksgiving Day in 2002, in Trotter's first season with the Redskins, the linebacker suffered a season-ending knee injury against the Dallas Cowboys. Despite missing four games, Trotter finished with 91 tackles. In 2003, he led Washington in tackles while not fully mended from an injury that typically takes two seasons to completely heal. Trotter's attacking approach didn't mesh with the disciplined, reactionary styles of Redskins defensive coordinators Marvin Lewis (2003) and George Edwards (last season).

When asked if he was surprised at Trotter's performance, Williams said: "Once we got out on the field, he wasn't with us. I saw how he played last year, but I've not seen how he's played this year so I wouldn't be able to [formulate] an opinion."

Noble, Courageous

Redskins nose tackle Brandon Noble made his fourth start this season last night, after being named the team's winner of the Ed Block Courage award.

The award was for overcoming a severe left knee injury that forced him to miss the 2003 season and initially relearn how to walk. Each NFL team picks a recipient of the award for returning from injury while maintaining a high level of professionalism and sportsmanship.

The award was named after the longtime Baltimore Colts trainer, and all 32 winners will be honored next week at a banquet in the Baltimore area.

Noble tore his medial collateral and anterior cruciate ligaments in an August 2003 preseason loss to the New England Patriots after becoming entangled under three players. Before the injury, Noble had played in every game of his NFL career. Noble was forced to wait for the swelling to subside before surgery in October 2003. He didn't fully practice until June 4 before playing in his first game in more than a year in Washington's second exhibition this season.

Noble entered last night with 27 tackles (15 solo) and one sack three weeks ago against Philadelphia's Donovan McNabb. "There are a lot of guys who don't' come back from that injury," Williams said. "Brandon is the epitome of toughness on the defensive line. I've used his name several times when guys thought that they had an injury. I say, 'Go to Brandon for sympathy. If Brandon gives you sympathy, then I'll give you sympathy."

Arrington Sits Out

Washington linebacker LaVar Arrington missed his 11th straight game last night to head Washington's list of inactives. The others were Evans, wideout Antonio Brown, defensive tackle Cedric Killings, cornerback Garnell Wilds and offensive lineman Mark Wilson.

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